LYNCHBURG, VA — Liberty University, a private Christian school headed by Jerry Falwell Jr., who came under criticism last week for his decision to allow students to return to campus after their spring break, has reported its first new coronavirus case.

Officials worried that the return of a large number of students to Lynchburg from across the country and around the world would increase the chances of the coronavirus being brought into the community and then spreading among city residents and residents in the surrounding area. A couple days earlier, state health officials reported four positive cases of the coronavirus in Lynchburg, where the university is located.

At least three Liberty University students have been tested for the coronavirus, the school said in a statement Monday. One of those, a recent graduate who was taking additional online classes while living in the area with family, tested positive. Another student tested negative and one test was pending, the university said.

The unnamed student tested positive Monday, only one day after Jerry Falwell claimed that reports of nearly a dozen students showing  COVID-19 symptoms was fake news.